photo:  hobvias sudoneighm on flickr

photo: hobvias sudoneighm on flickr

Yes, that’s what I said.

There’s an opinion about you that’s even more important than your own.

More important than liking how you look in the morning. More important than feeling good about your accomplishments on the job. More important than your pride about your skills and traits and talents.

Whose opinion could possibly be more important than all that?

The Universe’s opinion of you.

And you know what the Universe thinks?

The Universe thinks you’re awesome.

So awesome, It gave you life. So awesome, you have freedom to choose all kinds of things, every day – how you’re going to feel, what you’re going to think, how you’re going to react to those around you.

If you want to get totally jiggy with it, you can start choosing even bigger things: what you want to do with your life, where you want to live, what you want relationships to look like.

And it all starts with one view:

That you are absolutely, unconditionally adored by Life itself.

photo: Vernon Fowler on flickr

photo: Vernon Fowler on flickr

Does it get any better than that? No, it does not.

Don’t get me wrong, good self-esteem is important. But if your self-esteem is not based on the basic fact that you’re adored by the Universe, then it can get corrupted by your human mind.

The human mind likes to judge and compare. Once the judgin’ and comparin’ aspect of the mind gets activated, you can find yourself slipping into the BTs and WTs: Better than’s and Worse than’s.

I look good, better than her.

I look like crap, worse than him.

The Universe never falls into the BT/WT trap. The Universe thinks you always look awesome.  Just because. No comparison necessary.

Okay, maybe you need to comb your hair and brush your teeth. Maybe you could afford to lose a few pounds. But you are a living manifestation of the Energy that makes worlds, the Energy that births stars and planets.

photo: Raven Vasquez on flickr

photo: Raven Vasquez on flickr

That’s a miracle, and the Universe never loses sight of that fact.

But we do.

That’s why spiritual practice is so important. Because it helps us get back in line with the Universe’s view.

One of my spiritual practices is hanging out with others in spiritual community. It’s a great way to get out of my limited thinking and dive into a big ol’ pool of Love and Unlimited Joy.

The other morning I was at a morning service at the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa. I was sitting there, listening to the speaker, but not really listening at all.

Instead, my mind was gnawing on some toxic bone. I can’t even remember what it was. But the general meaning was a fairly negative opinion about myself. Something like this: You suck.

Actually, it was more like this: Yousuckyousuckyousuckyousuckyousuckyousuckyousuckyousuck.

photo: Alex Proimos on flickr

photo: Alex Proimos on flickr

There I was, surrounded by all these wonderful people, listening to an awesome talk, and my mind was on a roll.

But not for long.

Right in the middle of my mind’s little rant, I heard another voice:

The Divine thinks you’re awesome.

Even though I still was trapped in yousuck-itis, I knew the other voice was right.

The Divine thinks I rock. The Divine loves everything about me. I couldn’t deny it. Indeed, the Divine had just interrupted my mind’s little pity party to remind me that no matter what, It loves me unconditionally.

When I’m in alignment with this view, I don’t play the “Better Than/Worse Than” game. After all, the Divine loves everyone else just as much as It loves me. And the more I tap into the Divine’s view of me, the more I’m able to tap into this view of everyone else as well.

photo: George Mason University on flickr

photo: George Mason University on flickr

What’s most interesting to me about my little story was where and when the Divine chose to speak to me. I was at my spiritual Center. The place I go to get spiritually refueled.

I’m not saying that you have to go to a spiritual Center to start having the Universe tell you that you’re awesome. I’m only saying it’s one of the ways that works for me.

Other ways – for me – are meditation, affirmations, prayer, exercise, time in nature and a gratitude practice.

But yours might be wearing a tiara and a tutu and playing rock guitar along with old Led Zeppelin records.

All you have to do to receive a Divine opinion of yourself is to put yourself into situations where you’re most likely to hear it.

And that’s different for every single one of us.

Which is yet another thing the Divine loves about you:

You have your own, unique way of connecting with the Life force that creates planets and stars and you.

So bust out that tutu and start receiving the Love!!

photo: Patty on flickr

photo: Patty on flickr

How do you put yourself in alignment with the Universe’s opinion of you? Share your comments below!

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